Project description

We jumped into a breaking news story, paused to create a database which looked at historical fire data, all while continuing to upodate the story for news cycle coverage. Finally, we incorporated explanatory graphic created on deadline.

What makes this project innovative?

Workflow, database powered graphics, combination of data viz, eplanatory, and news cycle visuals.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

Great overall traffic numbers, extended time on page, scroll depth. Constantly updated for two days straight.

Source and methodology

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection data injested to database, custom graphics rig powered by ArchieML.

Technologies Used

Postgres, Python, Javascript, QGIS, ArchieML, data scraping.

Project members

Shawn Sullivan, Mitchell Thorson. Additional graphics and reporting by Janet Loehrke, Frank Pompa and Karl Gelles, USA TODAY, USA TODAY Network. Editing by Silas Lyons, Redding Record Searchlight, Greg Burton, The Arizona Republic, Doyle Rice, Kristen Go, and Jim Sergent USA TODAY.

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